Wild Birds

Grey-faced Buzzards

Grey-faced Buzzards (Butastur indicus)

The Grey-faced Buzzards (Butastur indicus) is an Asian bird of prey.

A Buzzard Flying in The Air Grey-faced Buzzards
A Buzzard Flying in The Air Grey-faced Buzzards


Distribution / Range

The Grey-faced Buzzard is a bird of open lands that breeds in East Russia, North China, Korea, and Japan, and winters in Southeast Asia.



This medium-sized raptor is typically between 41 and 46 cm long.

The adult has a grey head, breast, and neck, white throat, black moustaches, and mesial stripes, brown back, and upper wings, and brown bars on white underparts and underwings. The juvenile is brown and mottled above, pale below with brown streaks, and has a broad white supercilium (line above each eye) and brown face.

Grey-faced Buzzard Perched on Concrete Pole
Grey-faced Buzzard Perched on Concrete Pole

Diet / Feeding

Its diet consists of lizards, small mammals, and large insects.

Birds of PreyThe Sport of Falconry

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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